HUDSON — Western Reserve Academy was recently named "Most beautiful private school in Ohio" by Architectural Digest.

In an online article, AD published a list of 50 private schools, one for each state, which it deemed the most beautiful.

Hannah Huber, author of the article, said she "looked at hundreds of private high schools across the country." She said she selected the schools through school rankings, curriculum, and historical significance.

"Once I gathered a handful of candidates for each state, they were each rated based on their architecture, use of surrounding landscape in the design of the school and overall uniqueness," Huber said.

According to information from the Ohio Department of Education, there are about 100 nonpublic high schools in Ohio.

WRA Head of School Chris Burner said in an April 10 email that "we are all heartened that the country's most prestigious architectural publication has taken note."

"WRA is proud to have received this distinctive award for our distinctive campus," Burner said. "There are so many spots on campus that are not only beautiful, but historic - from Seymour Hall to President's House. With their history comes our imperative to preserve. Also, Hudson provides a beautiful backdrop for the school."

Western Reserve Academy is an independent, coed, boarding and day school for grades nine through 12.

The school will host its spring open house April 21 at 10 a.m. Register at WRA.Net/OpenHouse online.

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